Posted by Bryan Fischer
MALIBU, Calif. -- With the NFL lockout days -- possibly hours -- away from ending, plenty of veterans are getting in one last workout before heading to their respective in-season homes and awaiting instructions.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is wrapping up a week-long trip to Southern California to visit family but decided to head up to Pepperdine University to work out Wednesday and dropped in on Nike's Elite 11 quarterback competition. The seven-year veteran spoke with many of the country's finest high-school quarterbacks and even went through drills with the youngsters steps from the Pacific Ocean.
"I'm having a blast," Cassel said with a grin. "It's always fun to come out here and mess around with these young bucks that will come up and hopefully not take my job. It's fun because of the youthfulness and energy and excitement that's going on in a lot of these kids' lives being recruited at these big-time universities."
Cassel is an Elite 11 alum, having been put through the paces as a senior at nearby Chatsworth High before enrolling at USC. Though he didn't start a game for the Trojans, the path that ultimately led him to starting in the pros was part of the advice he relayed to the young signal-callers.
"What I always remind these guys of, especially playing the quarterback position, is you better get used to adversity," Cassel said. "Everyone of us is going to face it, whether it's on the field or off the field. You just have to continue to work hard and be a leader and be accountable to your teammates."
It's certainly been an offseason full of adversity for the Chiefs (and every other NFL team for that matter) this year. Though the lockout has wiped away most of their team activities, Cassel has managed to find some time for players to come together this summer and get some work in lieu of team-organized activities.
"It's been going well, we had a mini-camp where about 50 guys showed up and we've also had a lot of guys come out and participate in just throwing sessions," he said. "It went as well as it could have gone this offseason under the circumstances. 31 other teams have to go through the same thing so hopefully we'll be on track."
Recent signs that the NFL and NFLPA are getting close on a deal has increased optimism among players in the league looking to get back on the field Cassel said.
"As players, we all hope something will get done soon," he said. "We want to get back out there and get to work. It has been a difficult offseason for a lot of people, and I'm sure with all the new coaches and the turnover, it will be a tough transition for a lot of people."
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